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100 Ideas that Changed the Web by Jim Boulton

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‘Style is a simple way of saying complicated things’

IDEA No 44

CASCADING STYLE SHEETS

The French poet Jean Cocteau once said, ‘Style is a simple way of saying complicated things’. He was not talking about Cascading Style Sheets, but he might as well have been.

Cascading Style Sheets allow a document’s style to be influenced by multiple style sheets. One style sheet can inherit or ‘cascade’ from another, permitting a mixture of stylistic preferences.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) control presentational elements such as layout, colours and fonts. This was not always the case. In the early days of the Web, each page was assembled by an independent ...

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